Are many places to begin the finding of the proper deck ideas, from local hardware stores and magazine sales to libraries and friends and relatives alike, but always make sure to start off with a solid idea of how you want your deck to fit into the surrounding area around your home.
The terrain comprising of your yard, no matter how it is manicured overall, must be well maintained and without too severe irregularities around to allow more ease at working the deck into the landscape you see.
Starting out in the library is a good place, but some books on hand have limited amounts of updated information, unless the library happens to have equipped itself with access to a local Internet service provider. In which case, unless you are handy with your own personal computer, the library may be the best option. Speaking on the Internet as a whole for use in finding deck ideas, there are many good web sites to visit, and links to many other good sites for ideas on this.
Though as helpful as the Internet can be, the pitfalls of using the Internet as a source can be an annoyance, and some information may be bogus as far as necessary steps left out of the organization to the project instructions.